Nebraska Authors for Nebraska 150th


song of the larkWe at Creighton University Archives have updated our Nebraska 150th exhibit again in a reasonable amount of time. This time, we’re featuring three prominent Nebraska authors: Willa Cather, Mari Sandoz, and Ron Hansen. All three authors are not only from Nebraska, they wrote about their home state in at least one of their works.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born and raised in Nebraska, and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Though she moved in her mid-30s to the east coast, she wrote several books on the American frontier, including O Pioneers!The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia. We have three of her works on display – come in to see which ones!

Mari Sandoz (1896-1966) wrote authentic accounts of the American frontier that often provoked outrage among the subjects, especially among her fellow Nebraskans, who disliked how they were depicted. She moved to Denver, and later New York, to escape this vitriolic reaction.1168973

Ron Hansen (1947- ) is a 1970 Creighton University graduate who is known best for his novels about the Old West, including The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which was adapted into a movie starring Brad Pitt in 2007. He is the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities in the Department of English at  Santa Clara University in California. You may recall reading in this post that we have the Ron Hansen Papers in the University Archives, which includes many of his works at various stages.

We have a few special editions of these author’s works on display at Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library, just to the right of the stairs on the main floor where you enter. Our Rare Books Room hours are 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM every week day.

Challenge for the week: What is the name of the painting above and what work did it inspire?




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